1. Thanks UK for acknowledging this great woman. We wish her all the best and even if she does not win that Oscar, we know she is worth it!!

  2. Friends,
    allow me to join this conversation from a different perspective. You
    may not agree with me yet I beg for your indulgence. I wish to express
    my personal reservations about what i consider to be a hulabaloo around
    Lupita’s success. I would have extremely celebrated if it was a
    different movie but this one? NO! I keep wondering why the directors
    could not find an actor of African American decent to play the role.
    Could it have been that Lupita unknowingly was being used because of her
    low level of Afrocentrism? I really suspect that this was the case. I
    basically consider the movie “12 Years a Slave” more in-dignifying than
    it is edifying to people of the African race.

    1. Mr. Gichira,

      I disagree with you. Good actors do not have to have been whatever they portray in order to do it well. It’s like saying that those that act in a film about the moon-landing must first make an actual landing.

      What do you mean by “low level of Afrocentrism”? Do you know that the director, Steve McQueen, is a Brit of Grenadian descent who lives in Amsterdam, and that the movie idea was first mooted by his partner, a White Dutch historian? McQueen has made films about the IRA (Hunger (2008)) and about lust (Shame (2011)). He has never been an IRA hunger striker, nor is he a sex-addict.

      1. Natty Dread, first, thank you for your decorum in this conversation. I expected people to be emotional but you proved that there still exists remnants of reason. However, you veered off my point. What I mean to ask is this. Can you envisage an IRA hunger striker or people who share his history acting in that particular role in such a film? or Better, can you envisage any person of the Jewish decent acting on a film where they are acting victims of the Nazi? That is what I wanted us to engage on. Following to such I was asking, could Lupita have been used to act that role because being an African devoid of the history of slavery, she would not identify with that role? This is simply academic and a question of asking ourselves whether we know what we get ourselves into regardless of the status or fame it is “purported” to represent. For instance Chinua Achebe would not accept some Prizes including the Nobel Prize for reasons. That is the line of thought here.

        1. Gichira, two questions here…first of all, does it really matter? And second, Is the background of the actress important in regards to the story, or is it more important for the story to be told? I think that Natty dread actualy addresses your question. In my opinion, the director was looking for good actors(resses) and chances are there are even very good black american actors who would have loved to do this part…but Lupita happenned to audition for it. Django was done by black americans by the way. And the second question…I would think it is more important to tell the story than to discuss why each actor was chosen and so on.

          1. In support of your points above, I totally believe that had an American actress done the role, it would have been extremely difficult to win an Oscar. Being from “outside” coupled with Lupita’s simplicity brought a freshness to the scene hard to ignore. However, Mr Gichira is questioning the mentality behind the making of the film. I believe what attracts even more is the very fact that it addresses slavery. Any other genre would simply have been ignored (remember the votes that determine the winner belong to the whites exclusively)….ask Eddie Murphy with the dancing Penguins!

    2. gichira is a lost sheep and from my point of view a tribalistic …by any case i started your name with a small letter to dignify u more..shame on you

      1. Talk of cognitive dissidence. No wonder IEBC, KDF, Jubilee, and I are to blame for the Karasani debacle last Friday!!” Tehehehehehe

    3. I think she is Afrocentric as they come. Remember she refused to attend Milan for their ignoring the black actors in 12 Years A Slave in their billboards. Then listen to her speech about Alek Wek and her hope to be also an inspiration.

  3. Great to acknowledge this great African talent. Thanks UK also for the efforts your government is putting forward to promote film and drama. This Oscar will truly inspire millions of young Africans worldwide.

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